In this post, I am interviewing Joshua Berry-Walker from Australia, who is a fantastic landscape photographer I first met on Instagram (https://www.instagram.com/joshua.b.w/). He posts beautiful landscape photographs such as the one above and is someone I find highly inspiring. Keep reading below to find out more about him and his journey as a photographer.
Please tell us a little bit
“I live in Gold Coast Australia in a small
mountain area known as Currumbin. I enjoy exploring and photographing the area
I live in, as well as the National Parks that are close such as Mt Tamborine,
Byron Bay and Burleigh Heads.”
How did you get into
“About 4 years ago I first joined Instagram with a private account and started to notice the amazing images on there. I was especially drawn to the surreal look that can be achieved through the use of long exposure. It wasn’t until we moved out of the city and nearer the beach about two years ago that I really became interested. At first, I started learning all I could on composition through books and videos and applied these techniques with my cell and GoPro camera. After a few months, I decided it was something I really wanted to pursue further and got my first DSLR.”
What do you like most about
“Probably the combination of getting out in
nature in amazing places – popular or hidden gems – to try and capture special
moments in time and the feelings they instil. Then being able to relive those
frozen moments through editing and also being able to share this with others.”
What is your favourite
place you’ve taken pictures of?
“That’s a tough question – there are so many
places in the Gold Coast to explore – but I would probably pick Tweed Heads and
Mt Tamborine National Parks. I have also been to Iceland and that is like a
different world but its hard to compare the two.”
When you head out on a
shoot, what equipment would you never be without?
“A quality sturdy tripod, trigger release and
filter kit. I usually never shoot without those. My main camera is a Nikon D810
paired with a Nikkor 16-35mm f/4G lens.”
What was your proudest/most
satisfying moment in photography?
“I recently got a shot from Byron Bay that I
have wanted for about a year and also a shot of an unreal sunset from one of my
favourite local areas where I live. I will describe those later with pictures.
Some of the other favourite locations I have shot would be Russia and Iceland.”
What tips do you have for
taking beautiful landscape photographs?
“There are many things, of course, I still
have to learn, but some of the basics I always try to follow are:
- Practice lots. With today’s cameras, we have the advantage of
basically unlimited shooting, plus we can review each shot quickly after taken
and make adjustments to the composition and other settings if needed. This will
allow you to learn what settings work best with your camera and lens (and also
- Use a wide angle lens – I use a 16-35mm Nikkor (if you shoot
with a camera phone consider a wide angle lens attachment), and always try to
first select a good foreground or anchor point for the eye, that stands out or
distinguishes itself from its surroundings.
- Shoot low and close to the foreground – depending on the size of
it of course. For something small like leaves, you may have to get just a few
inches from it. This will give more depth and a three-dimensional feel to the
image. Try experimenting with this to see the difference a low shot close to
the foreground makes compared to a higher shot.
- Try to think in layers – foreground, midground and background,
and also lines that lead into those elements. If your shot has those elements
and the right balanced light (preferably sunrise or sunset) you will usually be
more satisfied with the resulting image. This can make the difference between a
good shot or great shot.
- Take as many different shots as you can with
different settings and compositions. I usually spend at least an hour per
location (waterfall etc). This is very important for me, especially if I have travelled
quite a distance to that location and usually why I shoot alone :). Whenever I
rush my shots I usually do not get a shot I like.
- Usually, the simplest composition is the best, with no
distracting elements to add clutter or distract the eye moving through the
scene – but this is not always easy.
- Lastly – take some time and enjoy the moment in nature.”
Do you have any tips for
editing landscape photographs?
“I primarily use Adobe Lightroom and would
suggest just sticking to that if you are just starting out in editing. There
are many tutorials online for learning Lightroom – my favourites are from
Anthony Morganti and Serge Ramelli.
I believe Photoshop can also make an image
much better in certain cases ( focus stacking, composites etc) and for removing
unwanted elements in some shots ( a distracting stick, person etc).”
For someone starting out,
what advice would you give them?
“While a better camera and especially
lens/filters will make a better image in the end – at first I would suggest
focusing more on composition and editing. I have seen some people get top of
the line equipment, get frustrated with it and give up after a few months.
Start smaller – shoot lots – edit lots. Always try to learn through books,
online videos, studying some of your inspiring photographers work and also
perhaps a photo tour.
Many photographers list the settings they use
on their Instagram posts ( exposure time, focal length, filters used etc ) and
I found this very helpful in learning. I also try to include this in my posts
since I have received good feedback about this.”
Which places are on your
“Australia, New Zealand, Norway, and Hawaii.
Oh and also Iceland again – can always use more Iceland.”
You can find the rest of Joshua’s photos and
follow his journey on his social media sites, which are listed below:
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